Can your emotional state effect weight loss?

If you had asked me this question a few years go I would have said NO! My advice would have been as long as you eat right, train right then weight loss would be simple. However, my perspective changed last year as I personally couldn’t drop any weight and my emotional state and stress levels were the contributing factors.

To give you an overview of what occurred, I went overseas and yes I did indulge with no regrets and came back 5 kilos heavier which was totally fine (as I can lose it quite easily) but unfortunately this time my weight wouldn’t budge, not even with the right training and eating at a calorie deficit. That is when the panic took over and I thought it must be hormonal or thyroid issues, so I went straight to the GP for blood tests and to my surprise my tests came back fine and I was in good health, it just made no sense! So out of desperation I thought I better up the ante with stricter meal plans and increased my training intensity and to my dismay after another 6 weeks I still didn’t drop any weight. How could this be ? This situation did my head in, all I can think about is how shit I felt and I just needed to know why is this happening to me and after a visit to my kinesiologist we got the answer. We muscle tested for a diagnosis and what came up was my emotional state and cortisol levels (as I had a few personal setbacks and low moments in 2019 to say the least), my body was simply holding onto weight as it was in survival mode and there was nothing I could do but surrender. It was absolutely devastating as I felt so embarrassed and ashamed about my body especially because I am a personal trainer. I just didn’t feel or look good (in my opinion) and I wouldn’t dare talk about it, well until now as I didn’t want others to think I was being slack or making up excuses.

The only thing left to do was to surrender, shift my focus from my weight to feeling good spiritually by incorporating more self-care activities into my weekly routine (mainly baths, regular down time, massages, breathe work and gentle yoga) and as a result within 1 month my body had reset and bounced back to my normal weight range. I was feeling elated to say the least.

What I learnt from this experience, is that we cannot fight or work against our bodies especially when we are experiencing lows and stresses in life. We must adopt a gentle approach , not train to hard and nurture ourselves during this transition and always pay attention to what our body is trying to signal to us through weight gain, skin conditions, illness, etc in order to get our attention. I have also gained more empathy towards clients when they hit road blocks in their weight loss journey as it’s not as simple as calories in, calories out but our overall lifestyle and mental health which plays a significant role.

La Dolce Vita

Do Italians do it better?

I have travelled to Italy 5 times and absolutely adore it, one of my favourite places in the world obviously! The Italian culture is like no other, I am fortunate enough to have family there and every time I visit I get to experience the typical Italian lifestyle and always come back home joyful and more cultured.

 What I love about Italy:

  1. The food: It is all about simplicity with quality ingredients and I can declare it is the best food in the world, an orgasm for your taste buds! I love the way food is celebrated with good company. The marathon lunches and devouring meals that gave us pure joy, not to mention the siesta that would follow after our food coma. Some of my favourite dishes are margarita pizzas, pasta vangole and lemon delizioza, to put it simply any dish you try will be phenomenal.
  2. Italian breakfast: As the Italian saying goes you must always start the day with something sweet! Espresso coffee with a cornetto (italian pastries) OMGGGGG.
  3. Fashion: Italian style is effortless and what I admire is everyone has their own unique style and they ALWAYS present well, Italians dress to impress no matter where they go.
  4. Architecture: home to the most beautiful and incredible historic monuments such as the Colosseum, St Peters Basilica, Duomo di Milano and so much more.  
  5. Apertivo: Home of the Sprtiz the ultimate apertivo cocktail, again its another excuse to get together with friends to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and food.
  6. The passeggiata:  A walk or stroll after dinner with friends in the main Piazza. It combines exercise, showing off your new outfit and enjoying a gelato.

The Italian culture is all about enjoying the finer things in life, quality time with family and friends and embracing the present moment. As I am one who can get lost in routine and in turbo mode that is why I love to reset in Italy as it reminds me to find joy in the everyday and live in the moment. 

Finding your Zen

Mastering Meditation 

Why do we need to mediate? As you know in this crazy busy world, we all want to be zen, grounded and create the right balance for our overall health and well being. For me the struggle was making the time to slow down, shut off and be still which in theory shouldn’t be an issue as you only need approximately 10 minutes of the day to meditate. Another issue was I kept putting it off and the thought of slowing down felt difficult. However, I had to make the change when I kept getting sick and burning out from stress. In my quest for creating a healthy well-being I finally had to succumb to mediation. 

First off, I created a method to make mediation easy for me which was to incorporate mediation as part of my daily routine and do it the same time everyday (when I first wake up in bed). Secondly, I use a guided mediation to give me some direction, I like to use the app called ‘insight timer’ and if I want to change it up I go to you tube and pick a mediation randomly. Having been consistent with mediation for over 5 months, I now have a greater understanding as to the many benefits that it brings into my life and not to sound preachy but we should all take the time to go within. The benefits I have discovered is that I am not as reactive in stressful situations, I have created more space and healthy boundaries for myself and others, feeling strong and calm, I am more present and insightful with the day to day life. 

All in all to be at your best and operate at an optimum level, regular mediation is the way.  

To Bikram Yoga or not to Bikram Yoga?

I have a love hate relationship with Bikram Yoga, I love the feeling at the end of class as it’s a major release and leaves me feeling centred but during Bikram I can struggle big time as it’s a long class and the heat can be overwhelming, hence why I go through on and off phases.

To give you an overview Bikram is a hot style yoga class with the duration of 90 minutes and room temperature is at approximately 42 degrees. Each class consists of the same of 26 postures (performed twice) including two breathing exercises. The benefits of Bikram include weight loss and detoxification due to immense sweating which helps flush out toxins and the heat also improves flexibility, strength and reduces chronic pain. Also, as the class structure remains the same you will be able to measure your improvement with each posture and know what to expect.

How to prepare for a Bikram class :

  1. Be well hydrated, drink at least 2 L of water prior
  2. Do not eat a heavy meal (2 hours prior) light snacks are ok
  3. Bring with you a water bottle , yoga mat and large towel
  4. Get there 10 minutes prior to settle into the yoga room and climatize to the heat

My advice to you is give Bikram a go if it is of interest to you and you are comfortable with excessive sweating but please note that you don’t need to put yourself through such extreme conditions to get similar health benefits… all it comes down to is your personal preference of exercise as you won’t be consistent with exercise you don’t enjoy. Namaste x

Lost your training mojo?

How to get your fitness mojo back!

Being as diligent and devoted to my regular training (6 times per week with ease), I struggled to comprehend why I lost my motivation and energy to want to train as I couldn’t fathom why?

In the past of course there were days when I didn’t want to train however, I would somehow manage to take the day off or train moderately then allow myself to naturally get back into my normal training regime. But unfortunately, this time was so different as I found it easy to talk myself out of going to train and just the thought of it felt so exhausting.

So, what does one do in times like this… firstly, I gave myself 4 days off to decompress as I needed to break the circuit without the guilt. After my mini break I planned my sessions a week ahead by attending group classes so that I didn’t have to think or plan the session. I would train some sessions with my friend who also gave me that push. Regarding my strength workouts I would write my program prior to avoid procrastination or wasting time at the gym. Also setting new fitness goals to add purpose to your training, mine was getting a PB for BB squats. Finally, I began to reason with myself that if I wasn’t feeling it just show up and if after 15 minutes into the session I still wasn’t feeling it then I could leave, which never happened! After a couple of weeks of implementing the above I noticed my stamina and fitness improved significantly and I felt the drive to train again.

So to recap when losing your mojo, take a little break and incorporate self-care, add variety to your training regime with group training, reach out to a friend and train together for motivation, plan ahead gym work outs to be efficient, set new goals to work towards and use you will power to get you to show up.

In conclusion enjoy the process, be well and if you need further support I am here to help!

Welcome to the fitness and wellness hub

Introduction to our new blog

The reason I created this blog is I wanted to keep things real and honest about the fitness and wellness industry as I see a lot of smoky mirrors and fakeness on social media with fitness models promoting weight loss from drinking tea (as if), quotes saying good vibes only, models pretending to eat that plate of pasta (sureee) leaving the audience feeling shit about themselves as to why they cant replicate what they see… how does this help others in becoming happy and healthy? I do my best to train, meditate and eat well when I can however, I do like to indulge and let loose from time to time and that to me is the perfect balance. This is the reason why I can easily maintain a good lifestyle as I incorporate fitness and wellness practices that work for me whilst enjoying the finer things with no regret. This blog will be a platform about our triumphs and struggles in maintaining our best life in essence to share, educate and inspire the audience to be the best version of themselves! I hope you enjoy xx